It was like the Chicano Literature Grammies!

I had the honor to share the stage with Sandra Cisneros and Lorna Dee Cervantes, Tony Diaz was also rocking the stage and representing the Librotraficantes.

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We all read excerpts from books that were TUSD’s banned classroom reading. I wanted to read from Anzaldua’s Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza. The day we studied her in my intro to philosophy class taught by the amazing professor Ferret at UTEP, learning about Nepantla and being in three worlds, I remember crying, feeling like someone had finally put into words what I was. Anyhow, someone beat me to the punch so I read 2 poems from Jimmy Santiago Baca’s “Black Mesa Poems”  titled “Green Chile” and “A Daily Joy to be Alive”.

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It was a truly amazing night that I will never forget.

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Arriba los Librotraficantes!

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All Photos by Paolo Mossetti

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